Ok.. I bought a 00 Frictionite in the little green felt pouch the other day at an antique store. Got it for 22.00 so I can't complaing too much about the price. I also have 2 yellow coticules (one with more pink marbeling) and a Franz Swaty barber hone (This one is dark red-brown) and also a Pike EMERALD stone. The Pike turns quite green when wet. My question is, would I gain anything by getting a German Thruingian? I have heard they are wonderful finishers. I would so like to put a nice smooth and sharp edge on my razors. Each would have a certain limit. Honestly, I don't have a clue on the grit of the Swaty, Pike nor that 00 Frictionite by American Hone Co (Moravia Iowa) but it has 2 side to it. One side says start here. Other side says finish on this side. Small little stone but I understand from the interent chatter that it was well liked. Thruingian... worth the bother?